Archive - Sep 2012 - News Article
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” The North Smithfield Emergency Management Association (EMA) has begun collaborative talks with agencies in Burrillville, Glocester and Smithfield with the goal of sharing staff and pooling resources as a regional emergency management team to help residents in the three communities weather storms and other emergency situations.
The first of several monthly meetings was held recently at the North Smithfield Town Hall to address current needs and future objectives, North Smithfield Town Administrator and Public Safety Director Paulette D. Hamilton said Wednesday.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Landmark Medical Center have reached an agreement to extend their existing reimbursement contract, ending the threat that the health insurerâ€™s members would not be covered for services rendered at the hospital.
Provided the pact is approved by the Superior Court â€“ a hearing is scheduled for Wednesday â€“ Blue Cross will honor the terms of its existing reimbursement agreement with Landmark until Dec. 31, or 90 days after Steward Health Care purchases the hospital, whichever comes first.
WOONSOCKET â€” Former funeral director Todd Lauzon has been ordered to serve four years in prison for embezzling money from numerous clients who purchased prearranged funeral contracts from him between 2002 and 2009.
Lauzon, 39, was sentenced by Associate Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to 30 counts of embezzlement, said Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for the attorney general.
Vogelâ€™s full sentence was 20 years, with four to serve, and the balance suspended, with probation. She also ordered Lauzon to make $137,000 in restitution to his victims.
WOONSOCKET â€” A spokesman for Republican congressional challenger Brendan Doherty said Wednesday he will remove a campaign sign from private property on South Main Street after a complaint about the size of the advertising was filed at the cityâ€™s zoning office.
â€śWe donâ€™t want to ruffle any feathers,â€ť said Robert Coupe, spokesman for the campaign. â€śIf thereâ€™s a complaint, weâ€™ll remove it.â€ť
Jeff Burlingame, a city firefighter, told The Call he filed the complaint because the sign is larger than the zoning code allows for political advertising.
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BURRILLVILLE â€” The School Committee later this month will formally honor School Superintendent Frank W. Pallotta Jr. for being named Rhode Island's 2013 School Superintendent of the Year.
A special ceremony will be held prior to the committee's regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Members of the Town Council will also be on hand to present Dr. Pallotta with a special council resolution. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will include refreshments.
UXBRIDGE â€” After searching for hours, investigators recovered the bodies of a woman and her young daughter from the charred rubble of an 18th century farmhouse near the West Hill Dam Tuesday morning.
The victims were identified late yesterday as 45-year-old Suzanne Donovan and her daughter Fini, 6, who started the first grade a few days ago.
They were killed when a fast-moving inferno transformed their home into an unrecognizable heap of blackened cinders and debris about 10:30 p.m. Monday.
CUMBERLAND â€” Town residents Jocelyn Bodington, Daniel Collard, and Adam Vartanian each took home state titles in the 2012 Pitch, Hit & Run competition during a recent on-field pre-game awards ceremony at McCoy Stadium.
Bodington was the Best All-Around State Champion for the 11-12 year old division; Collard was the Pitching champion for the 11-12 year old division; and Vartanian was the Best All-Around State Champion for the 7-8 year old division.
Hosted by Dunkinâ€™ Donuts, the Pawtucket Red Sox, and CW 28, Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball.
LINCOLN â€” John Gregory, CEO of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, was recently invited to continue to serve as a member of the Chamber of Commerce Committee for the 2012-2013 year.
WOONSOCKET â€” Michael Moniz, whoâ€™s running for a seat in the state legislature, has moved out of House District 49, which he intends to represent.
Moniz moved from St. Germain Manor on East School Street to Crepeau Court on Front Street â€” both publicly-managed high-rises â€” on July 9, according to Robert Kulik, director of the Woonsocket Housing Authority.
Kulik said Moniz relocated because the housing authority is converting a portion of St. Germain Manor in which he lived to assisted living.
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WOONSOCKET â€” When Sarah Rose Beaudoin was attending art school in Boston, her artistic pursuits included ceramics and stained glass design.
It wasn't until a couple of years after her four-year education at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts that she discovered her true artistic calling: giving vintage pieces of furniture new life.